Q: How hard is it?
A: First of all it depends on which AG®Y class you take and which instructor you have. No matter what, YOU monitor your own resistance so each class is as hard as or as easy as you choose to work. AG®Y Restorative is easier to execute than AG®Y Flying Fitness. If you can do 3 consecutive sit ups, you can do AG®Y.
Q: What are the contraindications (aka precautions) for AGY?
A: Pregnancy, glaucoma, recent surgery (esp. shoulder, eyes, back, hips, hands or wrist), heart disease, very high or low blood pressure, easy onset vertigo, osteoporosis / bone weakness, recent head injury, cerebral sclerosis, propensity for fainting, carpal tunnel syndrome, severe arthritis, sinusitis or head cold, hiatal hernia, disc herniation or acute discogenic disease, recent stroke, artificial hips, radiculitis (inflammation of nerve root in spine), severe muscle spasms, botox injections (within 6 hours).
Q: Will I be successful in my first class?
A: Yes! Everyone leaves the class a success! Since this is a suspension YOGA class there is no competition nor ego encouraged. Everyone works at their own pace.
Q: What should I wear?
A: Wear workout wear that covers armpits (sleeve) and legs. Cotton or cotton blend fabric is best (non-slippery). Tops: sports bra for females. Not too loose for guys. Remember, you will be upside down. Bottoms: If wearing tights make certain they are opaqe (non-see through). If wearing sweats, tight around cuff of legs is best. No socks (unless they are sticky). You may need sticky gloves if you have weak grip. PLEASE NO JEWELRY
Q: What should I bring?
A: Water, sweat towel and an open mind --- NO JEWELRY
Q: Do I need to be a yoga practitioner?
A: No. But you will need an open mind.
Q: Do I need to be physically fit?
A: Not necessarily. AGY is easier than regular yoga because the AntiGravity Hammock supports you in your poses. However, AGY is easiest for someone who maintains a consistent fitness regime and has a strong core
Q: Which AntiGravity® Aerial Yoga class is best for me?
A: This depends on your fitness level. We recommend that everyone start with a fundamentals group class or private course. AG®Y Restorative is less challenging than AG®Y Flying Fitness.
Q: How do I find an aerial yoga class in my area?
A: We will post all AntiGravity® Yoga franchisee’s on our locations page. Their links will be our website. Class schedules should be available via their link.
Q: Should I come on an empty stomach?
A: We recommend having something in the stomach to stave off dizziness, however, we do not recommend a big meal.
Q: Will I get dizzy?
A: If one has a strong propensity for dizziness or a “hips over head” spatial awareness style dyslexia this is not the technique for them.
Q: How will I feel after?
A: You will feel taller and lighter. Your muscles will have a pump and you will be refreshed!
Q: Are all aerial yoga classes alike?
A: AntiGravity® Yoga is the original aerial yoga technique. Over 7 years went into the development of the technique after Mr. Harrison created the apparatus. He created a very specific nomenclature and sequencing that can be done safely. AntiGravity® is the only aerial yoga technique certified by the AFAA. Any other aerial yoga technique is a knock-off from the original and should be considered risky.
Q: Are you sure the AG®Y Hammock will hold me?
A: Every portion of the AntiGravity® Hammock is rated for over 2000 pounds (22kns). The points in the ceiling in an AGY franchise has been placed by a professional contractor and certified by an engineer.
Q: How yoga is AntiGravity® Yoga?
A: This depends on your instructor. Although it is a hybrid technique, the class is a perfect formula for a body/mind/spirit class that brings about awareness. AGY classes in fitness gyms do not tend to be as spirit based as they are in yoga studios.
Q: What if I am afraid?
A: The difference between fear and excitement in the body is relaxation. In AG®Y we bring ourselves to presence before we begin class. During an inversion you are only 3 inches off the ground. Remember, “There is nothing to fear but fear itself” FDR.
Q: What if I am afraid of heights?
A: During an inversion you are only 3 inches off the ground.
Q: Can AntiGravity® Yoga make me taller?
A: Yes! Our promise to you is that after class you will be stretched to your maximum height, varying between ¼” to 1 ½” taller, unfortunately, the effects are not cumulative.
Q: Can AntiGravity® Yoga heal my back pain?
A: Our franchisees, instructors and practitioners around the globe all have amazing testimonials of healing through our zero-compression inversions. We are currently having studies commissioned in order to gather concrete evidence, until then you will only know by coming to class.
A: In the past they were not on the market for retail sales unless one had completed an AntiGravity® Module One Training course. As of 8-11 that has changed. Visit www.antigravityyoga.comto purchase an authentic and original AG®Y hammock. If it is purchased from anywhere but an AG®Y facility, you are taking a safety risk.
A: AntiGravity® Fitness LLC is not a rigging company and therefore is not allowed to give you information regarding hanging the rig. You will need to find a certified contractor and/or engineer to put up your hammock points. Specifications for rigging and assembly and maintenance will come with your AntiGravity® Yoga hammock.
Q: How do I know if my AG®Y Hammock is authentic?
A: Only hammocks purchased through a licensed AG®Y facility or through our website are originals. Beware of risky knock-offs as the flying fabric is specially rated. Any other could be unsafe.